Spice up your Life with this DIY project

Organise your spice cabinet by creating your own spice jars, which will make the cooking process easier. 

If your spice cabinet is a mess of jars, containers and boxes, then this project will bring order from the chaos and give you delightful satisfaction when you're cooking and you can find the herbs you need, right away.

  • Shop around to find the best deals on matching spice containers. In this situation, you should try not to buy a variety of sizes and colours. Getting a couple dozen of the same jars will provide a delightful uniformity, and allow you to place them side-by-side in a drawer with ease.
  • Alternatively, start only buying your spices in a certain type of container. When a spice runs out, soak the jar to remove the label and save the container. Do this until you have enough for all your spices.
  • Label the top of the jars using chalkboard paint. You will need black acrylic paint, white dry non-sand grout, a sponge brush and a small or medium point wet erase chalk marker (depending on the size of lid on your jars).
  • Mix the chalkboard paint using a ratio of 2 ounces acrylic paint to 1.5 tsp of non-sanded grout. If need be, add more acrylic paint to the mix to thin it out.
  • It is advisable to remove the lid and paint them separately, so you don't get any chalkboard paint on the jar itself. Apply two coats of paint to each jar top, allowing them to dry between paintings.
  • When everything is dry, write the names of all your spices on the jar tops with the wet erase chalk marker. If you feel the need, add an expiration date on the bottom of the jars with a sharpie.
  • Try to find a kitchen drawer that's wide enough to hold all your newly labeled spices. You want to be able to look down at the lids to prevent the irritation of picking each one up individually to figure out which spice it is.

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